The 24th Annual Fall Exhibition & Sale

Sept 16 to 28th, 2024

Brunswick Arts Council Annual Visual Arts Show

This annual event began in 2000 and each year we rotate the show to a different venue. Join us for our 24th year this September 2024 at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport, NC.

This year’s Judge is William T. Miller of Myrtle Beach, SC.

William (Billy) H. Miller, originally from Western New York State, is a graduate of NYC’s Parsons School of Design.  While he spent much of his career as a computer graphic artist and in online marketing, he never stopped creating his own art.  From New York to Texas, and now in South Carolina, Billy has been sharing his unique view of the world through his abstracts.  Presently, Billy runs his own studio/art gallery in Myrtle Beach, sharing his own work and supporting the local art community.  He has been a Winner & Finalist for Best Artist and Best Gallery in the Happening List and shown twice in ArtFields, and had a solo exhibition at the Art Museum. He is a member of multiple art groups and guilds in the Grand Strand area, and a founding member of the First Fridays Art Walk in the downtown Arts + Innovation District of Myrtle Beach.  Billy also has served as a Board Member of the Franklin G Burroughs-Simeon B Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach for nine years before joining the staff as Institutional Planning Coordinator in 2022.   As a creative catalyst, Executive Director of, and Board Member of the Myrtle Beach Downtown Alliance, he is always looking for ways to support the Arts in our community.  We are honored to have an artist of his experience and caliper as our judge this year.

Many small community arts groups (photographers, painters, pottery, etc.) around the county come together to help make this annual juried arts show happen. There are different categories and award levels.

New to the area or been here forever? Share what inspires you to create with your fellow Brunswick artists & residents – we encourage you to enter your work!



Look for the application April 2024.



The BAC Visual Arts committee is a group of community, volunteers, residents, and different organizations. We meet monthly at the ClubHouse meeting room on 1701 Lake Tree Dr. SW, Ocean Isle Beach from 2 PM to 3:30 PM on the second Thursday of each month.

Feb 8

March 14

April 11

May 9

June 13

July 11

Aug 8

Sept 12

Award Categories

BAC Best of Show Award 

Two-Dimensional  (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Traditional Photography  (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Digital Art 2D  (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Mixed Media 2D  (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Abstract Art 2D  (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Abstract Art 3D  (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Three-Dimensional (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Artisan Craft Function 3D  (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Artisan Craft Decorative 3D

Teen (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

First Place Teen 2D

First Place Teen 3D

Best NEA Big Read Art: Citizen: An American Lyric

Special Awards: 

Victor Gerloven Memorial Award

Art League of Leland Award

Associated Artists of Southport Award

Best NEA Big Read Art Theme: “Where We Live”

Oak Island Art Guild Award

Veteran Award

Waterway Art Association Award.


Merit Awards 


Honorable Mention Awards  

Enter ProspectusVolunteer Application

BAC Mural Program

Creating Public Art across Brunswick County is one of the goals adapted by the Board of Directors in Fall 2019.  

If you have a building/wall or space in Brunswick County that you would like to have painted – contact the Arts Council and we can see about partnering to help move your ideas for public art forward!

The Holden Beach 2020 Mural

The first piece was created at Holden Beach design by Gaetin Lowrie & Nancy Turner.  Sherwin Williams of Holden Beach donated the pain and materials.

Using an Under the Ocean Theme & and a Paint by Numbers technique, the mural was painted in March 2020.  The Run for the Arts scheduled to begin & end at the mural was cancelled due to the 1st case of Covid19 announced in Brunswick County on the day of the race.  

Join us for March 2021 as we tackle another mural at Holden Beach & the 2nd Run for the Arts. 

My Community Mural

Tell us about your community project and mural idea.  Don’t forget to provide your name, organization (if you are requesting on behalf on one), contact information, cell/email/text and bit about the idea.

Submit a Mural Idea

Mural Program Sponsored by the Town of Holden Beach, NC

The Billboard Contest is underway!


Submissions must be received by May 12. Open to homeschool, charter & independent schools as well as BCSD.


Private, homeschool & charter entries- send to:


SAP Billboard Contest c/o
Brunswick Arts Council
PO Box 6275
Ocean Isle Beach NC, 28469


BC School Districts Students- send through inter office school mail


Shane Miller
Visual Arts
North Brunswick High School

Young people and adults are tempted by alcohol and drugs for decades. Laws are passed and changed, and we continue to fight against alcohol and drug abuse as part of our mental, physical, and emotional health with our families and in our communities.

False glamour, peer pressure, and media attached to these issues have ruined far too many lives.

 We ask our youth to develop their own solutions to the challenges they face. According to American for the Arts – 72% of Americans believe arts unify us regardless of age, race or ethnicity – and through the use of arts “we can change the conversation.”



This contest is open to all youth from ages 8 to 18 years old from Brunswick County.

We ask our youth to design and create posters that communicate a message of sobriety, and the dangers of substance abuse.

They can select from the following Design Topics: Awareness, Recovery, and Education.

Form to submit with drawing:


Six (6) Final Winning Designs will be chosen by a panel of representatives from Brunswick County, including CARE, DEWAA, MADE, Brunswick Arts Council, BACK OFF, Teachers, and Lamar Billboard Company. The images chosen will serve as the images used for community campaigns, including billboards, social media, and other marketing options.


Winning students and their art teacher(s) will receive a combined AWARD AMOUNT total $250 gift card for each final winning design selected ($125 to student & $125 to teacher for art supplies). We hope that award presentations will take place at the  upcoming June meeting of the Brunswick County Commissioner’s Meeting at the County Administrative Building in Bolivia.

This poster/billboard contest, sponsored by Brunswick Arts Council (BAC); Movement Against Drug Epidemic (MADE); Carolina Awareness Recovery Education (Carolina CARES); Brunswick County School District  working together as part of an effort to shatter the allure of the abuse and let young people communicate directly to one another about this serious topic.


For questions or more information, contact Mary Beth Livers at Brunswick Arts Council at 910.448.2713 or email

The 2024 Festival is in the Works!

The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival is better than ever! This year’s event is planned with several activities in  October.  A day of music, dance, International village & craft vendors & food will be at RiverwalkPark on  October  12.




The Festival Committee

The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival committee is a group of community, volunteers, residents, and different organizations. We meet monthly at the BEMC meeting room on route 17 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM on the second Thursday of each month.

Jan 11

Feb 9

March 14

April 11

May 9

June 13

July 11

Aug 8

Sept 12

Oct 5


Festival Chairperson

MariLou Wong Chong


Cultural Performances

Larry Johnson


  1. Jeff Saunders


International Village

Theresa Lominac

Cultural Vendors & Food Trucks

Mary Beth Livers

Celebrate Brunswick County Series

Listen Up Brunswick County was a beloved concert series created by Jeannie and Ron Dufour. The purpose of this performance series is to bring great experiences to residence and guests of Brunswick County.

In 2023, Listen Up Brunswick County was given to Brunswick Arts Council to manage. In the spirit of the Dufour’s, BAC has created a collaborative series of events and festivals called Celebrate Brunswick. Join us for Arts Events that make a difference by partnering with different nonprofits. Proceeds from these concerts and performances help support our local artists, schools, and programs.

We are partnering with the North Carolina Rice Festival and the Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

Free Activity Book Available beginning March 2024 at NC Rice Festival


This 36-page activity book is a collaboration between NC Rice Festival, Brunswick Arts Council, and Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site. Funding was received from Brunswick County ARPA Grant, Landfall Foundation, NC Arts Council Grassroots Program; with additional input from NC Department of Natual and Cultural Resources and United Way of Cape Fear Area.

This free book is a combination of history, puzzles, coloring pages, and craft activities celebrating the history of rice and the Gullah Geechee communities in Brunswick county. It’s appropriate for 4th Grade education level. Contact the Brunswick Arts Council, the Rice Festival, or Brunswick Town Historic Site for your free copy, while supplies last.

Cinebay Film Festival is rolling!

For its first year in 2022, BAC was pleased to initially host this event as part of the solstice by the sea festival in the summer. In 2023, we were even prouder that our Film Arts community has grown and we are now partners with the Cinebay Film Festival!

Cinebay is a festival that focuses on curating family-friendly-short films over various genres.

2022 was the year of the festival’s inception, screening narrative, documentary, animation short films as well as multiple music videos.  This year the festival will take place in the fall on October 26 at the  AMUZU in Southport.

Join us for our first carnival film workshop screening and for the 3rd annual film festival in the beautiful historic downtown Southport, NC.


Awards & Prizes

$350 for Best Film Award


Film Competition Rules

The following rules govern all film submissions to the Cinebay Film Festival,  (“CBFF” or the “Festival “).

Please Note: only Films that are submitted will be considered for competition. We only except short films, no film longer than 30 minutes, that our family friendly, we do not accept films of explore, sex, or sexuality in any form, nor do we except films with hard obscene violence or profane language. See film for complete regulations.


Call for Entries

Click this button to find out how to submit your film, or for more information about the festival.


Call will be active beginning April 2024

Screenwriting Workshop

Registration information will be available and open in March, 2024 for the May Workshop.

Teen Film Making Workshop

Registration information will be available and open at the end of May, 2024.

This workshop will be held at work library in Shallotte at the end of July 2024.  Rising ninth graders through 12th graders are eligible to register. there will only be 12 spaces available.

Taught by Sheena Vaught, Film Maker, and owner of Tower 5 Media, the final product will be shown at the Cinebay Film Festival in October.

This is a collaborative program between Tower 5 Media, Brunswick Arts Council, Rourk Library, Brunswick County, NC Arts Council Grassroots Program.

Public Performances

BAC was pleased to provide  NC Arts Council Grassroots funding in 2023 to NC Project Lead assisting in the design of bringing COLLAGE to greater Wilmington in 2024.

Dancing on Air has performed in December at the Southport Winterfest Celebration. In 2019, they were also able to experience performing on stage at Odel working in a scene from The Nutcracker.

Dancing On Air

Dancing on Air is designed to be free weekly dance classes to communities across the county.  We have worked with the Calabash, Cedar Grove, Navassa communities in collaboration with Wilmington Ballet, Brunswick Ballet & Inspirations Dance Studio to offer weekly

Classes were put on hiatus due to Covid19. We are now looking to start this program again, FALL 2025, stay tuned for the upcoming program.

Master Classes

Dancing on Air students were able to attend a Master class in February 2020 held by Alvin Ailey II Troupe in Navassa. They were able to learn some of the most iconic Ailey dance movements, including sections of choreography from Revelations.

Dancing On Air Sponsors

July 4th Activities - Southport, NC

Childrens’ Entertainment area

Participate in the parade

Literary Arts in Brunswick

Cape Fear Voices & Teen Scene

Brunswick Arts Council has been proud to support this monthly publication almost since it’s inception in North Carolina. This team of dedicated community members write,  design, and publish both hardcopy and digitally.


Cape Fear Voices features, articles, and pieces contributed by local residents on current happenings, topics of interest & culture/historic pieces.

To contribute, find out more or subscribe contact Cape Fear Voices Editor:


Teen Scene is a publication designed and created by our talented students. In fact, over 80 teens from across the county participate in the Teen Scene.

Each spring, an awards ceremony & banquet is held to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.

To contribute, find out more or subscribe contact Teen Scene Editor:


Editions & Read

Click here for a digital edition of the paper.


Literary Arts Academy

This talented team of community members have worked with several schools, and community centers to offer this program to supplement and hone writing skills amongst our students

If you would like more information on how to offer this free program to your library, school community center or home school, please contact the editor.

To read some of the student works:


Third Thursday Poetry

Join this free monthly zoom meeting and get tips from other county poets, share your work, or enjoy and listen to the works of others. This program is hosted by Author, Joan Leotta and funded by Brunswick Arts Council.

For the link to this months meeting contact


NEA Big Read Program

Brunswick Arts Council has participated in this multi-county program with UNCW for the last several years.

Copies of books are gifted  to our local county libraries, schools and groups, wish to participate in reading the selected book.

BAC also selects a complementary children’s level book and offers arts programming around the book at each public library.

We partner with different nonprofit organizations in our county to hold these fun activities. If you’d like to receive a free copy of

The Bear by Andrew Krivak, contact BAC.

Get your kazoos and music makers ready. Brunswick County is joining this annual international celebration of music on June 21, 2024, the longest day of the year.

On June 21, the stage awaits for all musicians, rappers, and instrumentalists to join in. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or just starting out, there’s a spot for you in this harmonious ensemble. Please signup and participate in your part of Make Music Brunswick County.




This event is made possible through a Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.




Contact Aja LLoyd 


Dancers contact Dana


Next Level Art Workshop

May 10-11, 2024
10am – 3pm
Price $25, includes materials and lunch

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Historic Site

This workshop is geared for drama enthusiasts, high school and community theater, and historic and living history interpreters.

Join Carolyn Evans as she helps workshop attendees bring their chosen historical figure to life. Learn from Carolyn the tips and techniques that have helped her successfully bring Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and others to life for audiences across the United States.


About the Teacher

Storyteller Carolyn Evans is a highly spirited New York actress, poet, and storyteller who started performing over fifty years ago.

Through her celebrated series, “My Spirit Sings-Women Who Could’ve Sung The Blues, But Didn’t,she portrays both the sung and unsung shero. These women are Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Mamie Till, Fannie Lou Hamer, Mary Ann Cord and Stage Coach Mary Fields. Ms. Evans has shared the stage with such notables as Melba Moore, Dick Gregory, Pete Seeger, Glenn Close, and jazz musician, Christopher Dean Sullivan. She has performed at the legendary Apollo Theatre, Gettysburg, the African Burial Ground National Monument, the Halle Cultural Arts Centre, the Page-Walker Cultural Center and the Warrenton and South Carolina Black Cowboy Festivals. Carolyn Evans received her theatre degree from Syracuse University and is a member of the North Carolina Association Of Black Storytellers, the “Inalienable Rights Ensemble,” of Joe McGill (the Slave Dwelling Project), and the Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble.


Working with Save A Vet Now, Brunswick Arts Council has the opportunity to offer free art classes.  If you would like your local community center, rec center or legion or post to host a 6 week program for vets & families, please contact us at 910.448.2713 to set up this program in your community.

We provide the teacher, supplies & fun!

Scholarship Program

Each year, the Brunswick Arts Council provides two or more $1,500 scholarships to Brunswick County High School students.  Graduating seniors from across the county, West Brunswick, South Brunswick , North Brunswick, Early College High School as well as home schooled and charter schools with an interest in pursuing Arts in college are eligible.

In 2023, BAC provided three (3) separate scholarships.

2024 Scholarship Application

If you are a home schooled student in Brunswick County and wish to apply, please download the application.  Follow the instructions and must be RECEIVED BY Tuesday, April 30, 2024. The application should be delivered to Shane Miller at North Brunswick High School.


Download application: 2024 BAC Scholarship application packet

Solstice by the Sea – June 22, 2024

Vendors Wanted!

BE A VENDOR (Arts & Crafts, Food or Community Group)

If you want to be an arts & crafts or food truck vendor, please click on the application below, print, complete and return the form to us. We only allow 1 online image to be uploaded, so please create a 1 page image that has several photos on it. This can be created on your computer, in a word doc or publishing software and saved as a jpeg or pdf etc.

Please note- if you have issues with online payment – Make your check out to: Brunswick Arts Council. Mail to : Solstice Festival c/o Mary Beth Livers, 3651 Heron Circle , Southport, NC 28461.

Vendor Application 


Join Us for our 4th Annual Solstice by the Sea Festival This year’s location: Riverwalk Park, Rt. 133, Belville, NC 28451

MUSIC, DANCING, ARTS & CRAFTS, POETRY, STORY TELLING, FOOD &  Much More!, Saturday, June 22, 2024 10:00 AM-8:00 PM –  


Join us for this free community event! This day is brought to you by Brunswick Arts Council. and NC Arts Council Grassroots Program in Brunswick County.

Stage Music & More

Saturday Performances Riverwalk Park

To be announced. If you are a musician, storyteller or performer and would like to be considered, please contact Brunswick Arts Council

BAC Hospitality Tent 

10 AM – 8 PM  Brunswick Arts Council

  • Vendor check in
  • Water station

Arts & Crafts Vendors & Community Booths

10 AM to @5 PM        Visit these different artists & community booths— buy a gift, find that gift or cool art you’ve always wanted or come meet your neighbors. Here’s your chance to see what community groups are helping to make Brunswick County special!

Food Truck Rodeo

10 AM – 8 PM

Enjoy the eats!


Our Sponsors are:

Bronze Level